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    Taking trauma related work home: advice for reducing the likelihood of secondary trauma

    Tehrani, N. and Colville, T. and Fraser, J. and Breslin, G. and Waites, B. and Kinman, G. (2020) Taking trauma related work home: advice for reducing the likelihood of secondary trauma. Other. British Psychological Society, Leicester, UK.

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    Exposure to distressing material – such as traumatising conversations, images and written or auditory testimony – occurs in the work of many people. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in this type of work being undertaken in the home. In these circumstances, there is an increased risk of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue when the support of understanding workplace colleagues is less available and the boundary between work and home life eroded. Most people see their home as a place of refuge, comfort and relaxation. If homes are used to deal with abuse, violence and trauma this personal space becomes associated with the trauma. This guidance document recommends a step by step approach for organisations whose employees are at risk of vicarious trauma while working from home during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This is based on the following 5 Rs: 1. Recognise 2. Review 3. Respond 4. Refresh 5. Respect Using the 5 Rs will help employers to fulfil their duty of care, enabling them to recognise, review and respond to risks for individual employees, make changes or improvements, and ensure that respect underpins their response.


    Item Type: Monograph (Other)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Sustainable Working Life, Centre for
    Depositing User: Gail Kinman
    Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2022 12:55
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:14


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